Four years, six teams, 10 different sports and more memories than I can describe in a single column. That is what my time at the Collegian covering CSU sports has amounted to. As I am days away from graduating and entering the real world, it is my honor to share just a few of the highlights from my time covering your CSU Rams. Now for your reading pleasure is my CSU All-Adam team.
*Q: Best game Iâ€™ve witnessed? *
A: BYU v. CSU Nov. 1, 2008 (football):
Sadly, the best game I saw while covering the Rams ended with CSU 45-42 last minute loss to the BYU Cougars. It was a game that had a little bit of everything in it, including timely interceptions, late game heroics from both teams and 952 of total offense. Yes, 952.
If you donâ€™t remember this game, please go back in the records and look at the box score. Among the long list you will find eight touchdown passes (five alone from BYU quarterback Max Hall); a 129-yard, two touchdown performance from receiver Dion Morton and an action- packed 60 minutes of football (and donâ€™t forget the famous Gartrell Johnson-Joey Porter chest bump).
Q: Best Player?
A: Ricky Brewer, linebacker
Ricky Brewer is simply the heart and soul of the CSU Rams football team. Heâ€™s the type of player that makes a team better just by being on the sidelines. Donâ€™t believe me? Look at the Rams record the past two seasons. In 2008, Brewer had his best season yet as a linebacker and the Rams went 7-6 with a New Mexico Bowl victory. Even as a sophomore, Brewer led the Ramsâ€™ defense.
In 2009, Brewer was suspended for a year and the Rams for the season. Even with a team head coach Steve Fairchild admitted was more talented than the previous season, CSU went 3-9. No Brewer, no winning season. I donâ€™t know what you did to get suspended Ricky, I donâ€™t care. All I ask is that you keep the emotion going that I saw in spring practice this year.
Q: Best Coach?
A: Tim Miles
Coach Miles is in the middle of transforming CSU basketball and although itâ€™s a slow process, he is doing it the right way. Taking over a program that was on the edge of destruction in 2007, Miles has rebuilt the Rams into a team on the edge of â€œreally goodness.â€ By bringing in good-character guys and truly making them student-athletes, Miles is piecing together a model of success for years to come.
As I say goodbye to all my loyal readers, I want to leave you with a few simple predictions.
CSU womenâ€™s volleyball will make it to the NCAA Tournament for the next two seasons and then head coach Tom Hilbert will leave for a top-flight job.
CSU menâ€™s basketball will make it into the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and lose in the first round.
CSU Rams football will go 7-6 this season with Pete Thomas at quarterback. In 2011 they will go 8-5. In 2012, they will win the MWC championship.
Assistant Sports Editor Adam Bohlmeyer will be reached at email@example.com.